Details of the proposed first wave of roads and pavements to benefit from Manchester’s £100m Highways Investment Programme have been announced.
Manchester City Council’s Executive are to be asked to approve a £15.5m programme, which will see work being carried out in every ward of the city in the coming months – with as much work as possible completed by spring 2018, subject to weather conditions.
The proposals include resurfacing for some of the city’s worst roads, preventative treatments to stop other key roads from deteriorating, plus resurfacing of damaged footways and drainage repairs.
Roads in the most urgent need of repair have been identified through a rigorous assessment, with feedback from residents also sought, to ensure that local priorities are addressed.
Roads earmarked for resurfacing will receive a new tarmac surface, with a lifespan of between 15 – 20 years. Hundreds more roads which are in “mid-life” condition will receive a preventative treatment, to reseal the surface and prevent the water damage which causes potholes – extending the life of the road for up to ten more years.
The funding for the proposed work will come from the five-year Highways Investment Programme, which was approved earlier this year. A longer-term programme of road repairs for 2018/9 onwards is currently being developed, with work to be concentrated in different areas of the city at different times, to minimise disruption for residents and motorists.
The report detailing the proposed plan of work was considered by Manchester City Council’s Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday 11 October and will be presented to the Executive on Wednesday 18 October.
Executive Member for the Environment, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “We know from listening to residents that one of their highest priorities, for now and for the long-term future, is better roads. That’s why work will take place in all of the city’s wards during the first phase of the Highways Investment Programme.
“We recognise that too many roads across Manchester are currently not in a good condition, which is why, despite the financial pressures the council continues to face, we are proposing work to significantly improve as many of our roads as possible over the next five years.”
To see a full list of the roads due to be resurfaced and those which will receive preventative treatment, download the report at: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/3036/neighbourhoods_and_environment_scrutiny_committee.